Tuesday, September 30, 2014

bait fail

The critter came in again last night but preferred range feed over the tuna in the trap.  Cleaned up and put away all the leftover bits in the greenhouse and will bait the trap tonight with range feed and some dessert.  Marshmallows seem to be the bait of choice from what I read online.  I just hope this brand doesn't attract bears.  85,93,62,0,B

Monday, September 29, 2014

Trapper John

Buy it or build it?  Found this simple design online and thought I would give it a shot.  Gonna go coon trappin' tonight.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

old friends...

Do you ever think about the friends you have had for a very long time?  How is it that you have come to know and trust them so well?  What does it take to get to really know someone?  Most likely it is because you have spent a lot of unselfish time together and have shared many life experiences.  It works the same way with Jesus.  The relationship will only grow by spending time with Him.  Trust only grows from unselfishness.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, (do all of the above).

James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not(?), Because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


72,78,66, .09",B

Friday, September 26, 2014

To catch a thief...

Side tracked cleaning up today by the silly electric assist bicycle I bought 6 years ago and only rode about 10 times.  Since it is all part of the big plan, I guess it was OK.  Decided I should extract the motor for some other project, and fix up the bike to give away to some kid who might appreciate it.

Something (I suspect racoon) has been getting into the greenhouse overnight and shredding range feed bags.  Set up the game cam to hopefully find out who it is.  Next will be to figure out how they are getting in.
70,81,69, .16",B

Thursday, September 25, 2014



Wednesday, September 24, 2014



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

muscle memory

Nice cool/calm morning.  Decided to go through all the motions with my flying machine (without actually taking off) to keep up the muscle memory for when I am ready to fly again.  Trying to schedule a long training session in November.  Still starts right up and runs smooth.  Nice thing about my unit requiring 100LL avgas is that it has a very long shelf life.  Got in 2 hours of kiting in this morning and another hour at sunset.  For the first time in all my practice sessions, the wind was light and steady tonight.  Was able to keep the wing up and stable (without have to run around) for minutes at a time instead of just seconds.

Starting another cleaning binge for the greenhouse and grounds.  No visits from the press coming up - I'm just tired of looking at all the mess.  82,89,63,0,B

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mr. Ed

This burro is relatively new at TFL...I call him Mr. Ed.  He has been coming in almost every day for over a month now.  James Lewis (another local burro) came in with Ed today after they had been fighting.  No sign of Mr. Floppy for a couple of months now.  These guys are brutal when they hang out together.  76,91,71,B,0

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Just as your family is to you...so you are to God.  A strong family endures.  But if a family becomes weak and dysfunctional, it breaks down and everyone suffers.  As the world turns away from the Father, it too begins to break down and suffer.  Our Father has offered us the world and wants nothing more than to keep His family strong.  Receive his Word, believe in Him, and join the family.

John 1:12 But to all who have received him - those who believe in his name - he has given the right to become God's children.

John 11:40 Jesus responded, "Didn't I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?"

Saturday, September 20, 2014

screen capture

A couple of big/scary storms swooped down on us late last night.  As I was glued to the doppler radar, I decided to figure out how to record screen action while checking the direction of the storm path.  Most weather sites have a "past" and "future" button you can click to see the speed,direction, and intensity of the rain.  Did a quick search and within 10 minutes I had downloaded (free) and tested Microsoft Expressions Encoder4.  The tiny white dot in the center is the location of TFL relative to the storm path.  Here  is how to get it and set it up.  77,93,73, .24",B

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hoof nipping...

One thing about having pet steers I never considered is that they might need their hooves trimmed.  My boys don't spend half their day walking 5 - 10 miles looking for something to graze on so their "toes" tend to get long.  Every now and then, one of them will end up chipping or breaking off a chunk of hoof.  As they grow longer they tend to cross which can screw up their legs if left unattended.  Trying to set up an appointment with the vet that specializes is this kind of stuff so I can get a better idea of what their needs might be.  While I wait for that to happen, I decided to buy some hoof nippers and give it a whirl with Ben.  Waited till this afternoon while they were both blissed out napping and chewing their cud.  Did a little work on Ben's back feet and he didn't mind at all. A couple more sessions and he will be done.  Bud on the other hand who doesn't allow me to measure his horns - really doesn't want me to mess with his feet.  88,100,72,0,B

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just a trace

So far all the rain this afternoon just scooted around TFL - only a sprinkle so far.  The 10 day forecast changes every couple of hours.  78,100,72,T,B

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Prepared yet again for some rain events due for the weekend.  85,96,69,0,B

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Seven years and 110,000 miles.  82,91,74,0,B

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Long Dry

More good chances of rain coming up through the weekend thanks to Hurricane Odile.  Had very few gloomy days this year so far.  Rainfall total for the year is only 4.63".  Hope to catch a few more drops in the next month before we head into the dry season.  81,86,73,0,C

Sunday, September 14, 2014

dokos, doxa, glory

The message from Pastor John Wiley today.  The full sermon will be up on their website in the next day or two.

Psalm 118:20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.  21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  

(I posted this on Facebook this morning along with the following comment: FYI...this is not about getting free "stuff"- this is about the manifestation of His Glory from the Holy Spirit within.  My friend Seth Penney added - Our prosperity is our salvation, the free gift of God's grace.)

The birth, life, and death of Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament and came to pass exactly as stated having been witnessed by the masses.

1 John 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Icarus Redemption

Keeping the dream alive... 60,66,57,T,B

Friday, September 12, 2014


Got the Hankooks on today.  While doing the fronts I was shown that new brake pads are in order - some nonsense about metal on metal (close - but not quite).  Brake job next week.  Kudos to Mike Casper (Dr. Fun) for his attention to detail on my tire job.

More "better than good" chances of rain over the weekend so I shuttled water around to make room in the gutter tanks.  The discharge hose for my pump is just about shot so I ordered a replacement.  I think I lost about 200 gallons just from the leaks.  Checked all the tanks and I am happy to report that I have 16,450 gallons on tap.  Perhaps I will finally top off the catchment storage (21,000 gal) this year.  84,95,69,0,B

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sandpaper Highway

I think I ordered new tires just in time.  Highway 118 is getting "repaved" from the ranch road down to Terlingua.  Our 80 grit road is being turned into a 40 grit road.  As a contractor though, I must admit that I am impressed with the efficiency of the operation - all lanes for 20 miles done in just over 1 day.  Too bad we don't warrant real asphalt instead of just rocks and oil.  The really good news is no new cracks in my windshield from flying gravel (yet).  87,99,73,0,B

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

never give up

I met my friend Angelic online a couple of years ago when she was logging into my live webcam (back when Ben was just a baby).  She almost lost it all due to a bad relationship and substance abuse problems and has been fighting the good fight to regain her life and her child.  Angelic was recently awarded full custody of her son Logan thanks to her diligent efforts in overcoming the demons that had plagued her.  She is about to reach her next goal toward a normal life with her son but needs a little financial assistance.  I am helping her out and I hope you will too. http://www.gofundme.com/ebida8  86,102,68,0,B

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Terlingua Skywalker

My new friend Brandon Gardiner came out from Houston for a short vacation on his property.  Check out his blog.  He trained with Andy McAvin a few months ago.  I was hoping to fly with him but I'm still too apprehensive to jump into the air until I get more training next month.  I was really tempted to try today after he showed me how easy it really is.  At least my airfield is getting some good use this week!  89,97,71,0,B

Monday, September 8, 2014

A sure sign...

...that summer is almost over.  83,96,66,0,B

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Listen up...

Proverbs 1:33  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Mark 4:24  Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014


It seems that it is time for new tires again.  Our sandpaper highway 118 has taken its' toll on my last set.  I got 2 1/2 years and 35,000 miles out of my Yokohama Geolanders.  Giving Hankook DynaPro ATM a try for the next round.  Found a good deal with free shipping plus a $50 rebate online...mounting and balancing will cost me another $130 down south.  Saving over $150 from what the Yokos cost me last time.  Let's hope cheaper is "just as good".  81,96,73,0,B  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

4 Petcocks

The quad's fuel system is up and running again.  85,96,71,W,0

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hoist away

Got a deal from good ol' Harbor Freight for two 1 ton chain hoists with some additional Labor Day savings.  Just what I need to lift the Airstream body off and loft the trailer up and about for repair.  My total including shipping was $104.97.  91,100,71,0,B

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

fast carb

Super fast turn around.  Ordered the new carburetor for the quad Friday afternoon...just got it in the mail today.  Extracted the AC unit off the Airstream to make room for the chain hoist to lift the body off the rotten trailer.  93,106,73,0,B

Monday, September 1, 2014


Ben's September tip to tip... 56 1/8".  Bud prefers that you just guess what his is.  97,105,71,0,B